Cell phones on planes have been in use in Europe for more than a year. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission don’t allow passengers to use their telephones on planes due to the phone signals possibly interfering with the plane’s systems, as well as ground-based systems.
Pico cell technology allows passengers to use their own cell phones on planes. Pico cells serve very small areas. In ground-based networks, they’re used to serve areas such as a building’s interior where signals are weak, or to boost network capacity.
A Pico cell on a plane combines electronic equipment with an onboard antenna. The passengers’ calls are sent to the central antenna and relayed to ground towers.
The Global In-flight phone system market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
SITA Mobile ONAIR Easy-to-use mobile connectivity in the air The roaming bundle agreements with mobile network operators across the globe make it affordable for passengers to use our 4G network as they fly.
With Mobile ONAIR, it’s as simple and seamless as calling from a mobile phone on the ground. Airlines and their partners will see a clear return on investment.
On a 4G aircraft, passengers will experience high-speed mobile data connectivity as well as standard voice and text messaging services – a combination comparable with any on a terrestrial mobile network.
With Mobile ONAIR 4G, as a mobile network operator, you can enhance your overall brand offering, delivering a high-quality 4G network to subscribers in the skies.
Mobile ONAIR 4G integrates easily with any Wi-Fi and inflight connectivity (IFC) system. As a complementary solution, it allows airlines to offer a seamless connectivity experience and unlock the revenue potential of IFC.
Mobile ONAIR is supported by SITA Global Customer Service & Operations (CS&O) , which provides global business continuity through a flexible service model.
The monitoring service ensures the IT systems are reliable and available, around the clock and around the world. The experts proactively monitor the infrastructure, identifying and resolving problems before they impact the business.
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